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We’ve moved to brand new studios!

You can still find us on the Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus, but we’re now located in the Centre for Creative Industries.

We share our new home with BBC Cymru Wales as well as Glyndŵr’s Creative Media Technology and Media Communications departments. The new space offers a comfortable and accessible environment for our volunteers, students and all of our community guests.

We welcomed over 800 community guests to our old studios and we can’t wait to welcome people into our new home!

HM Revenue and Customs has today announced the next step in its ten-year modernisation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future, committing to high-quality jobs and the creation of a new regional centre in Cardiff by 2019-20.

The modernisation programme, now at the halfway point, includes investment in new online services, data analytics, new compliance techniques, new skills and new ways of working, to make it easier for the honest majority of customers to pay their tax, including by improving customer service, and harder for the dishonest minority to cheat the system. The changes have already resulted in over 80 per cent of people filing their self-assessment returns online and given customers new, simple ways to check their payments, make changes or find answers to questions.

HMRC’s workforce in Wales is currently spread throughout five offices, which range in size from around 2750 people to fewer than ten. By bringing them together in one large, modern office, equipped with digital infrastructure and training facilities, HMRC will support more skilled jobs and varied career paths up to senior levels with less need to move around the country. HMRC expects between 3500 and 3800 full-time equivalent employees to work in the Cardiff regional centre.

HMRC will close most of its existing offices in Wales by 2019-20 as it moves most employees into the new regional centre.

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a5b70c1d-452a-499f-8f32-b83e5c668563Focus Wales have announced the  first wave of 50 acts for 2016, which includes… Indie/Electro giants THE SUNSHINE UNDERGROUND, GWENNO (4* reviews for her new album in both Q Magazine and MOJO), rock duo GOD DAMN who’ve made waves this year at Reading and Leeds festivals and supporting Foo Fighters. We are also delighted to welcome H.HAWKLINE and Nottingham three-piece KAGOULE, for the first time as well the return of KIZZY CRAWFORD, and JOHN LAWRENCE (formerly of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci).

The line up also includes prestigious stand up comedy shows, in the shape of: Jarred Christmas, Gary Delaney, Sean Hughes and Pete Firman, who form an all-star bill at Glyndwr University on the Friday night.

A selection of individual show tickets are on sale now, there are also still a limited number of discounted earlybird festival tickets available that allows you to see all 3 days of live music, plus; comedy, film, art and the entire programme of interactive sessions. For full details visit


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01facbd3e9aa414f8cf0d2d951fec58aPassengers travelling between Wrexham and Chester or Rhyl are advised to check before travelling this month as Network Rail carries out vital improvement work as part of its Railway Upgrade Plan.

Engineers will be working on the railway line near Chester as part of a Welsh Government-funded project to help provide faster and more frequent journeys for passengers between north and south Wales in the future. This will boost transport links and help to support growth in the economy.

This scheme will help to provide a safer and more reliable railway for passengers and communities on the north Wales border. It will also help to reduce delays to trains for commuters in Wrexham and Chester.

The work will have an impact on some train services between Wrexham-Chester and Wrexham-Rhyl:

  • The railway will be closed between Wrexham and Rhyl, with rail replacement bus services operating on the weekends of 7/8 November and 14/15 November.
  • The railway will be closed between Wrexham and Chester, with rail replacement bus services operating between Monday 9 and Friday 13 November.

James Jackson, route enhancement manager for Network Rail Wales, said: “The work we’re doing this month will pave the way for faster and more frequent journeys between north and south Wales as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan.It will also mean a more reliable railway for the growing number of commuters travelling to and from Wrexham and Chester.

“I’d like to thank passengers in advance for their patience and look forward to providing them with a better, more reliable railway.”


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A special event is being held in Wrexham for people to have their say on ideas for future legislation, including a new legal duty of candour for all NHS staff and a joint inspectorate for health and social services.
The Welsh Government has published a Green Paper to gather views on a range of proposals to strengthen the NHS in Wales, including a new legal duty for health providers to be transparent when admitting mistakes to strengthen existing rules and guidelines.
A consultation event will be held in the Ramada Plaza Wrexham on November 10, with lunch and refreshments provided, to ask people’s views on the proposals and whether changes in the law are needed.
Other ideas in the Green Paper include:
  • Common standards to apply to all Welsh NHS services and independent healthcare services;
  • Health and social care agencies to share information more effectively and safely in the interests of patients;
  •  A legal duty to jointly investigate complaints across health and social care services;
  • Making Healthcare Inspectorate Wales more independent and merging it with Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales to create a new single inspectorate;
  • Changing the law to strengthen local collaboration in planning and meeting people’s health needs closer to home;
  • Ways to provide a stronger voice for the public in health services, including the role of community health councils in the future;
  • Introducing legislation to set up permanent engagement processes, which will be used when health boards propose making changes to local services. This could include establishing a national expert panel, which will receive referrals from CHCs.

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Stores recruit more than 60 extra staff to cope with pre-Christmas sales surge

Christmas has come early for job seekers in Wrexham.

Stores at the Eagles Meadow shopping centre are recruiting more than 60 temporary staff to cope with the festive rush.

A number of them are expected to kept on in the New Year and given permanent positions.

The annual jobs bonanza already runs to at least 40 fresh positions, with more due to be added to the tally as other store bosses finalise their plans.

Some businesses say their additional staff requirements will be in double figures while quite a few have smaller numbers in mind as the tills begin to jingle in the weeks before December 25.

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